Gov. Ron DeSantis Lashes Out at President Biden After ‘Soul of the Nation’ Speech, Describing Him As “The American Nero”

Toby Hazlewood

Harsh words about the "failed president"
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On September 1, President Joe Biden addressed the nation in what many have suggested could be the launch of his mid-term campaign. During the speech, he was damning about the role that "MAGA Republicans" have played in eroding the soul of America.

The following day, on September 3, Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis wasted no time in responding to the president's claim, and didn't hold back as he described Biden as a "failed president" who was effectively "the American Nero".

His remarks, made in appearance on Fox News were a reference to the ancient Roman Emperor Nero who played his fiddle as Rome burned around him, effectively ignoring his duties as leader and letting the country around him crumble to ashes.

"One of the most disgusting speeches a President has given"

Unsurprisingly, DeSantis took issue with much of what President Biden had to say, and was unrelenting as he spoke on Fox News. As DeSantis put it:

“I thought it was one of the most disgusting speeches an American President has ever given. He ran as being a unifier, and he’s basically saying to the vast majority of the country that disapproves of him that they’re effectively a threat to the public.”

He continued, speculating about what may have motivated the choice of content for Biden's speech:

“I think that he is doing this because he’s trying to energize his base to fend off a real butt whippin’ this November.”

DeSantis holds Biden to account

While the partisan nature of remarks from Florida's governor are perhaps unsurprising, DeSantis has frequently placed the burden of responsibility for national issues that affect Floridians, squarely at the president's feet.

In June, Governor DeSantis announced measures that would be applied in Florida to tackle the effects of what he termed "Biden's Border Crisis" and the consequences of illegal immigration and the trafficking of humans and drugs into the United States. He was similarly unrelenting when record levels of inflation were announced in July, something that DeSantis feels is down to economic policies implemented by Biden's administration.

Florida's Senator Rick Scott was similarly critical of Biden's mismanagement of the economy that led to the current cost-of-living crisis being felt by Americans across the nation. In July he challenged Biden to "wake up or resign" over his role in the crisis.

With DeSantis and other Republicans responding critically to Biden's speech of September 1, it seems that there could be an escalating war of words as mid-term elections approach. Time will tell if it remains civil or whether the 'gloves come off' as politicians take swipes at each other.

Do you think there is some substance to DeSantis' remarks about President Biden? Do you think that Biden has been an effective president so far? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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